Difference and the negotiation of 'old age'

Rachel Pain, Graham Mowl, Carol Talbot

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In this paper we contribute to recent discussions of ageing and ageism in human geography. Findings are presented from a qualitative study of older people which explored the association of old-age identities with different spaces. By focusing in particular on leisure spaces, some of the ways in which the identities and spaces available to older people are constructed by class, ability, and gender are highlighted. These sites have different meanings and associations, reflecting positive as well as negative discourses of 'old age', allowing some individuals to negotiate 'old age' through maintaining distinct and separate leisure activities and spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-393
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000


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